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05-01-2004, 12:27 AM
The closed-door testimony of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney before the 9/11 commission went off the rails yesterday when Mr. Bush opened the session by asking Mr. Cheney, “Who’s on first?”

The President, who merely wanted to know whether he or Vice-President Cheney should testify first, inadvertently opened a rhetorical Pandora’s box as the entire session devolved into a series of tangled misunderstandings and miscues.

A transcript of the session, released by the commission later in the day, reads as follows:

Bush: Who’s on first?
Cheney: What?
Bush: Not what, who.
Cheney: Who what?
Bush: Who’s on first?
Cheney: That’s what you just said.
Bush: Dick?
Cheney: What?
Bush: Dick’s on first?
Cheney: Which dick?
Bush: Which Dick what?
Cheney: Which dickwad?
Bush: No!
Cheney: Which dickwad knows what?
Bush: Never mind.
Cheney: Never mind which dickwad knows what?
Bush: Which dickwad knows who’s on first.
Cheney: What?
Bush: Who’s on first?
Cheney: That’s what you just said.
Bush: (smacks forehead)

Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney continued in a similar vein for the next forty minutes, after which the commissioners, “thoroughly drained and exhausted” according to one account, cut short the session and went home.

In a related story, the White House announced that on June 30 Iraqi sovereignty would be transferred to Vice-President Cheney’s bank account in Switzerland.

“The sovereignty will remain in Vice-President Cheney’s account until the security situation in Iraq improves, but the Iraqi people can come visit it whenever they want,” the White House statement read.

05-01-2004, 12:49 PM
Lol, nice. :D Where's this from?

05-01-2004, 02:15 PM

But I couldn't get the copy and paste to work so I copied the article.

05-01-2004, 02:16 PM
Thanks. :D